trope. A character, nervous at the sight of something, will begin to bite their nails really fast in order to try to calm themselves. In Western Animation
, this will more often than not result in a flurry of nail clippings due to the sheer rapidness of the nail-biting, often with a typewriter sound effect. This trope is often used by a Cowardly Lion
, Lovable Coward
, or a Nervous Wreck
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- Usagi does this in one episode of Sailor Moon R when An (as Natsumi) sets up a Drawing Straws solution on who gets to be Snow White in the school play.
- In Hercules, Pegasus actually does this with his front hooves, during the "One Last Hope" number when Hercules goes through the dangerous obstacle course that Phil set up as part of his training to save a damsel in distress.